Supernova 1996cl in Distant Cluster

In March 1996, the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 just happened to be pointed at the faraway galaxy cluster MS1054-0321 when it captured the light from an exploding star, called supernova 1996cl. The cluster is 8 billion light-years from Earth.


Saul Perlmutter of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in California

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Release date:19 August 1998, 06:00
Size:732 x 722 px

About the Object

Name:MS1054-0321, SN 1996CL
Type:• Early Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Supernova

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Position (RA):10 56 59.56
Position (Dec):-3° 37' 23.83"
Field of view:1.22 x 1.20 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 10.7° left of vertical

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